English Retread bags at Fancy Schmancy

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By Amy Brozio-Andrews

Here's a way to get more mileage out of handbags and accessories.


The other day I stumbled on these cool bags and belts made from used truck inner tubes.

They're made by English Retreads and the only place you can find them locally is Fancy Shmancy on Western Ave. in Albany.

What I like about them:

1.They're crazy durable. Think about it--these rubber inner tubes would last pretty much forever in a landfill.
2. They keep inner tubes out of the afore mentioned landfills.
3. They look kind of cool.

There's a variety of bags, from totes to satchels, plus belts, wristlets, and card cases.

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No, they're not cheap. The large Beetle bag will set you back $225 and the small Model T Tote Luxe is $185 but see #1 under "things I like about them." If you're on a style budget you can pick up a Sidecar for $38 or the Fan Belt $65.

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Also, you have to like black. The linings do come in different colors thought, and they're made from post-consumer plastics.

Find It

Fancy Schmancy
1800 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203

(518) 452-1269


Gorgeous bags. Wish I could afford them!

BTW - Anyone wanna support a nice, middle-aged chick with a good sense of humor? Isn't that worth anything these days? You'd think with the financial news these days, humor would be worth something? Can you put a price on a smile?? Well, yes, $15. Belly laugh...um...$50. I'll work up a menu.

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